Comedian’s of Manchester

Some of the nation’s best known comedians have come from Manchester, including the incomparable Les Dawson, Ken Goodwin, Ken Platt and the irrepressible Bernard Manning.

But how well do you know them? Why not find out by testing your knowledge in our Saturday nostalgia quiz.

It’s ideal fun for everyone while so many of us are staying at home through the coronavirus lockdown.

Many of the questions in our nostalgia quizzes come from Clive Hardy’s Around Manchester books on the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Each features more than 300 unmissable pictures from the M.E.N. archive.

They’re on sale now for £14.99 including postage and packing. Just go to inostalgia.co.uk or ring 01928 503777 to place your order.

We hope the quiz brings back some happy memories. If you’d like to share them, please write to the M.E.N. or inostalgia.co.uk. We’d love to hear from you.

Which radio show gave Leigh comedian Ken Platt his big break in 1951? His trademark catchphrase was: ‘Allo, I won’t take my coat off – I’m not stoppin!’

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Bolton comic Peter Kay played which character in Coronation Street in 2004?

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What Granada TV show, first broadcast in June 1971, made a star of Manchester comic Ken Goodwin among many others?

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Wheeltappers was a spin-off show launched in 1974

Ken Morley, famous for playing supermarket manager Reg Holdsworth on Coronation Street, also appeared in the sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo. What was his character?

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In Les Dawson’s brilliant Cissie and Ada sketches about two women gossiping over the fence, who was the Collyhurst comedian’s fellow performer?

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Actor, writer and comedian Caroline Aherne was brought up in which part of Manchester?

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How did Harpurhey comedian Bernard Manning start his showbiz career?

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He actually guarded Rudolf Hess at Spandau prison

Salford comic Jason Manford won which musical TV show in 2011?

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Prestwich-born comedian, actress and songwriter Victoria Wood was an acknowledged massive influence on which Manchester musician, who remains a devoted fan?

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Before his TV fame, Colin Crompton played Manchester pubs and clubs in a musical comedy duo with which performer?

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